Football - Former FIFA VP Hawit faces life ban for bribery
FIFA ethics prosecutors want former FIFA vice president Alfredo Hawit banned for life for taking bribes. The investigatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee says the ban is requested in a final report to ethics judges. A verdict is expected within weeks. Hawit pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court in April to charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, and conspiracy to obstruct justice. The 65-year-old Honduran official agreed to forfeit $950,000 upon sentencing. Hawit was acting president for CONCACAF when he was arrested at a Zurich hotel last December. A U.S. Justice Department indictment said Hawit took $250,000 in 2011 to steer CONCACAF commercial rights toward an Argentina-based agency. He was also implicated in bribery linked to World Cup qualifying matches involving Honduras.